2017

Top Fitness Health Trends for 2017

I spoke on wearable technology at the IoT Healthcare Big Data Conference in Toronto last month, and there was discussion on how to take all the data that wearable technology captures, and how to use it for health benefits.

It’s great that our FitBit tracks our activity, but how do we capture that data over time, so we can analyze our activities, and determine our optimum time for exercise, activity, etc?

It’s an interesting challenge, as this technology in wide spread use is still new.  I anticipate the big players (Apple, Microsoft, Internet data providers) to play a big role in the development of records.

The key will be to see if our physicians will be open to accept this information.  The big players will.  Physicians in smaller regions with smaller budgets may not.

Time will tell.

Below is a list of 3 trends from Cigna, for health trends for the rest of 2017

1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, smart eye glasses; and trending more recently are now smart fabrics and interactive textiles. With technology dominating nearly every aspect of our lives, this year sure offers a whole lot of tools that can help you stay on top form!

2. Body Weight Training

Body Weight Training is any form of exercising where your body weight is used as a form of resistance. Typically, this type of training involves minimal equipment, making it very practical and inexpensive – a reason for its popularity. Classic moves include push-ups, pull-ups and squats.

3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is usually a 30 minute routine that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise with short break periods. This form of exercise helps to burn calories fast; it can be found in different types of workouts and in gyms all around the world.

3 Months into 2017. How you doing?

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So 2017 is almost 25% over.  How's that sit with you?  Are there things you wanted to change this year, and you haven't started them, or you're not as along as you wanted to be?

I feel your pain.  I'm working through a few projects and goals this year, and some I'm doing well on, while others I feel like I'm stuck in the mud.  

The key here is that you keep moving.  Even if it's one step at a time.  Don't quit.  You can rest if you're not motivated, but don't quit.  

If you're trying to exercise, and don't feel like doing it, do one push-up.  Just one.  Can you do two?  Ok go for it.  How about three?  Four?  Go until you can't.

In Mark Manson's book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F###, he uses the following diagram when trying to accomplish something:

Action --> Inspiration --> Motivation

One of my goals is to write more blog posts.  I took action to write this.  I am now inspired to write more, and motivated to increase my posts.  I know that they will benefit the readers, as they do me.

Here's to you being successful in your 2017 goals and dreams!  I'm here if you need help.

Rat Race 2017 Style

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I'm sitting in a Tim Hortons near my home this morning, actually consuming my breakfast at the location. Many others are in the drive thru and will likely inhale their morning meal on their commute to their destination (guessing work.)

Why did we allow breakfast time at the table to go the way of the dodo bird?  Why are we rushing?

Aren't there efficiencies in our world, that buys us time?  Or are we so burdened with debt and stuff, that we have to rush like rats, scurrying around looking for our next to do item?

It's 2017, in case you were unaware of the new calendar in your kitchen. 

I have 3 big goals for this year, and part of each goal is a component of doing less. Say no more. Bow out of meetings that I do not need to attend. 

I looked at my 2016 calendar, and I'm one of those anal blokes that keeps track of their daily activities. I ate pho for lunch on December 7th. What did you have for lunch that day? Does it matter? Maybe, if you are keepers of a food journal. 

Anyhoo, last January I was in 50 meetings. Yes. 50. February was approaching that same number. I realized that was not sustainable if I was going to live to see 2017. 

So I stepped down from a couple volunteering roles. Meetings dropped a bit, but I was still busy. 

Next was to triage my calendar, and find out when I'm my most productive. Mornings work best for me, so I purposely avoid meetings if at all possible in the mornings. 

It's made a huge difference in my ability to focus on tasks. 

Multitasking needs to die. Society needs to support more people working, to prevent burnout. 

Watching people in the drive thru. They look like life has been sucked out of them. It's Wednesday after a holiday. The Rat Race is alive and well.